Restaurant - Beach Bar - Rooms
On the enchanting beach of Agios Fokas, three minutes from town, right on the sand, amidst the tamarisk trees with their white-washed trunks, you’ll find Marathia restaurant, one of the most popular hangouts on Tinos.
Its creator, Marinos, gave up construction work as a young man and decided to do something with a small complex of apartments his parents rented out on the water’s edge. He began by transforming one room into a restaurant, in order to fulfil his dream of becoming a cook, and introducing a more contemporary tone to the family enterprise. He did up the rooms, gave the beach bar a special atmosphere, with hammocks, multicoloured cushions, chic sunbeds, cocktails and refreshing soft drinks, and then the crystalline water of the beach was awarded a blue star, the international symbol of quality given to organised beaches that meet exacting criteria.
In just a few years, Marathia ’s kitchen became one of the best on the island. It’s famous mainly for the fish that are prepared in the most delicious ways: scorpion fish in a clay pot with fresh local tomatoes and mint; lobster baked with orzo; grouper baked with okra or with rosemary and white wine. There are also plenty of local products on the menu, such as artichokes, little tomatoes, louza (cured pork fillet) and cheeses, combined in imaginative dishes, as well as wonderful salads and excellent wines.
Marinos will captivate you with his courtesy, gentle manner and his clarity of thought. He is a professional who cares about keeping up to date, challenging himself and trying new things. For a businessman he’s also unusually modest: on his taverna’s website you’ll see the names of all his associates – barman, cooks, maids etc – but his own is absent.
On the beach I enjoyed my breakfast at Marathia, indulging in tempting delicacies such as a savoury cake made with figs and cheese, seasonal tarts, artichoke pie, Tinos cold cuts and cheeses. I learned that the absolute quiet of springtime gives way to madness in August but that you will always find a tranquil corner, if you want it, in which to enjoy this little piece of paradise.